The Philosophy Department has announced the winners of its annual Thomas D. Sullivan Medal in Philosophy for the best undergraduate philosophical essay:

  • First Place: Madeleine Coulter, “Is Abortion in Cases of Pregnancies Due to Rape Morally Permissible?”
  • Second Place: Scott Valentyn, “Critique of ‘The Ship of Theseus’”
  • Third Place: Austin Weyant, “This Is My Body: Aquinas, True Presence, and the Metaphysics of the Eucharist”

The winners have been invited to present their work Thursday, April 26, at the last Philosophy Colloquium of this academic year. Dr. Thomas Sullivan will present medals to the winners. This public presentation will take place from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 401, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.

Each year the department invites undergraduates to submit essays on any philosophical topic. In addition to the opportunity to present their work as part of the regular Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, prizes include awards of $200 for first place and $100 each to the two runners-up.

For more information visit the Philosophy Department website.